|Daddy Day Care|
The plot is the worst thing about the film--obvious, silly and deeply unoriginal. It makes you long for filmmakers who had a bit more confidence in their material (and more trust in their audience). Because Murphy is on great form--funny, engaging and actually trying to make a gentle comment about sexual roles in suburbia ... but the story and the schmaltz get in the way. Garlin and Zahn are goofy and hilarious, but get little to do besides act childish; while Huston is in gleefully wicked mode, which she does rather well. Meanwhile, the screen is full of shamelessly cute kids, scene-stealers to the last one of them, and at least the film develops their personalities cleverly, drawing the comedy out of the characters rather than merely throwing them into slapstick situations. This isn't to say there aren't endless poo and fart jokes (there are), or that the film actually says something about the importance of childhood (it doesn't, although it tries desperately). But like most of Murphy's family-themed flicks, it's a perfectly enjoyable comedy the kids'll love and the grown ups will find surprisingly witty too.
dir Steve Carr|
scr Geoff Rodkey
with Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King, Anjelica Huston, Khamani Griffin, Jonathan Katz, Kevin Nealon, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Lisa Edelstein, Lacey Chabert, Laura Kightlinger
release US 9.May.03; UK 11.Jul.03
Parent/teacher conference: Griffin and Murphy.
|Netara, Westergate: "the film was great, funny from beginning to end. eddie murphie plays an exalant day care mangger in this film." (4.Mar.04)|